head start: meaning and explanation
The meaning of the expression head start is an advantage you have over someone else. This could be in a competition (e.g. a race), or more generally (e.g. in life).
When you decide that someone should be given an advantage (usually to make a situation fairer), we can say that you should give them a head start. If the advantage already exists, you can say that someone has a head start.
We can use the prepositions over/against/on if you want to include the people or things that someone has an advantage over, e.g. My language skills gave me a bit of a head start over my colleagues.
Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?
Write your answer to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:
- In your country, what kind of things might give someone a head start in life?
- Were you given a head start in life, or are you trying to give your children a head start in life?